It’s possible to enjoy the holiday season!
Although most of us look forward to the holidays each year, for some, it is a time of mixed feelings and the “holiday blues”.
There are many expectations during this time of year, as well as added stress. So, how can we survive the holidays and actually enjoy them this year?
It is not uncommon to feel anxious, antsy, and depressed during the holiday season. You might have experienced a loss this year or it may remind you of people you have lost in the past. Or perhaps you went through a divorce, and seeing many people at events can cause you to have more stress. After all, you are going to more parties, dinners, and get-togethers than normal.
One of the best things you can do is to try to stick to your normal routine. This also means trying to maintain your regular eating habits as well. Even though it may be difficult at parties or events, try to not over indulge, especially when it comes to alcohol.
Also, understand that there are always so many expectations when it comes to the holidays. Idealizing the holidays might lead to you being disappointed when they don’t live up to the “perfect” holiday.
It is better to take the holidays one day at a time and enjoy the time with your friends and family. If you don’t feel “joy” or even “happiness” during the holidays, don’t put pressure or guilt on yourself. It is totally normal to experience all sorts of feelings during the holidays, not just excitement and elation.
If you think you will be alone during the holidays and don’t want to be, why not try volunteering your time to a charity organization. Senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, and group homes always need help and would appreciate your time and efforts during the holidays!
Also, we might have the tendency to compare today’s holidays to holidays of the past. Looking back on idyllic childhood memories may cause you to get depressed. It is better to interact with people that you know today and keep yourself in the moment rather than look back to family or friends who might have passed since then. Focus on the “now” rather than on yesteryear.
And finally, take care of yourself. This is most vital. Take the initiative to pamper yourself. This can mean getting a much-needed massage and facial. Or take a long walk in the woods. Rest, read a good book or simply take a nap.
All of these things will lead you to a peaceful and less stressful holiday season!
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